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name to conjure with

1. A name that is important or well-known. There are definitely some names to conjure with at the upcoming industry conference!
2. An unusual or interesting name. Englebert Humperdinck is certainly a name to conjure with!
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conjure up

1. Literally, to cause something to appear, as by magic or other supernatural means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." The magician wowed the crowd when he waved his hands and seemingly conjured up a rabbit.
2. To locate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." Hang on, let me see if I can conjure up a pen for you. Any luck conjuring up some limes?
3. To evoke thoughts or images of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." We can't name our baby Glinda—that name immediately conjures up images of The Wizard of Oz! As an author, your job is to conjure up the action in the reader's mind.
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conjure someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to make someone or something appear, seemingly by the use of magic. The magician conjured seven white doves up. Then an old wizard conjured up a horse.
2. Fig. to manage to locate someone or something. I think I can conjure a pencil up for you. Do you think you can conjure up a large coffee urn in the next half hour?
3. Fig. to manage to think up or imagine someone or something in one's mind. Can you conjure a vision of grandma up? All I could do was to conjure up happy memeories.
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a name to conjure with

mainly BRITISH
1. If you say that someone or something is a name to conjure with, you mean that they are very famous and important. Bugattis, Bentleys, Ferraris — motoring names to conjure with, and all part of a breath-taking display of classic cars. Doris Kearns Goodwin is not a name to conjure with in this country, but in the United States she is a star.
2. If you say that someone or something's name is a name to conjure with, you mean their name is very unusual or funny. Lily's sister, for instance, is Vera Cheeseman. Now there's a name to conjure with. Note: In this expression, the importance and influence associated with a person or thing are regarded as a kind of magical power which you can call on by using their name.
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a name to conjure with

a person who is important within a particular sphere of activity.
The image here is of magically summoning a spirit to do your bidding by invoking a powerful name or using a spell.
1954 Iris Murdoch Under the Net His name, little known to the public, is one to conjure with in Hollywood.
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a name to ˈconjure with


1 the name of a well-known, very respected and admired person, group or thing in a particular field: My father went to school with Bill Gates — now there’s a name to conjure with!
2 (humorous) used when you mention a name that is difficult to remember or pronounce: The soup was called chlodnik — now there’s a name to conjure with!
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The Bible is still conjured, albeit with a syncretism, which for sheer nuttiness would provoke unending laughter were it not for Jonestown and Waco.
We conjured up our 'Workforce Psychic Village' after we had a premonition that Friday the 13th would be a fun medium to channel our message to these talented graduates," said Cynthia Walker, Chamber workforce consultant who coordinates the Graduate Retention Initiative.
Conjured from photographic sources-snapshots, film stills, album sleeves, and advertisements--the artist's melancholic, often romantic images evoke literary or cinematic narratives and describe uncertain or questionable topographies that can appear, paradoxically, uncannily familiar.
1) Such images of slaves conjured into aspects of the landscape both wild and cultivated repeat throughout Julius's tales in The Conjure Woman.
The most environmentally far-reaching of the tales, then, "The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt" tells how Dan--who buries his "life charm," conjured by Aunt Peggy of "roots and yarbs," under a live-oak tree deep in the forest (174)--is tricked into assuming the form of a gray wolf and killing his own wife Mahaly.
The monk who commissioned the alterations was quoted as saying the pockets were to accommodate keys and a cellphone, leading to "the image giddily conjured by the Italian press, which depicted followers of the saint who by legend spoke to birds trading their asceticism for text messaging, digital paging, and caller ID.
Physicists should tune up their skepticism and examine more prosaic explanations before accepting the notion that something can be conjured out of nothing just by splitting temporal hairs.
Until I'd been there, Casablanca conjured up images of wizened old men burbling on hookahs, camel trains loaded with exotic goods from the Sahara and smoky, intrigue-filled bazaars.
So you became familiar with the rosters of teams and if someone said the Pirates you immediately conjured up the notion of Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski.
As the largest collection of his work assembled by an art institution to date, the show had an unexpected graciousness, but the sculptures still conjured a host of enigmatic associations, with implied narratives and formal tensions embedded in their flatly painted veneers.
Seen from the street, a floor of flashing lights becomes something perplexing, even uncanny; and think of the anger and frustration captured in a screwed-up ball of paper or conjured by that damn doorstop.
14, 1998--Think of London and what images are conjured up?